Leaving for London and the Paralympic Games tomorrow
My flight out to London leaves tomorrow. Actually, it is a series of flights: Canberra to Sydney to Singapore to London. I’m feeling the pinch to get a whole list of things accomplished. I’ve got to return a whole stack of library books I checked out of the National Sport Information Centre that deal with disability sport classification in some way. I’ve got to go into the University of Canberra and check my mail box to see if my Wikimedia kit for the Games has arrived. (Minor screw up with the first batch. Ooops. This left Hawkeye7 with one shirt.) I’ve got copy things from my iPad to a laptop and vice versa. I’ve got to to finish packing, including making sure my press accreditation and passport are in my bags. I’ve got to find my additional memory cards for my camera. I’ve got to follow up on e-mails. A lot of this is the little niggling travel details, but not having checked them can cause real travel stress. I saw an example of this yesterday: Two women on the ACTion bus were on their way to civic to catch the Greyhound to go to Sydney to catch a cruise boat to Sydney. After chatting with them, they realised they forgot their passports at home and had to get them, and then get back to civic before their bus leaves. I’d rather panic first thing.
Beyond the above, there is a list of Wikipedia editing I’d like to get done before heading to London. Most of this is in the realms of creating articles about disability sport classification. I started working a lot on these articles on Saturday. The whole topic is fascinating, but trying to get 30 articles written with some level of cohesion, comprehensiveness, having pictures and illustrations, finding sources? That is extremely daunting. I’ve had some help from Hawkeye7 on the swimming article. (He tends to write 2 paragraphs a day but takes things to featured article. We have variable rates of speed.) Tara Macphail has also been working on adding information to a variety of articles. Obviously some of these articles are better than others. Para-canoe classification and para-triathlon classification are not so great. Para-archery classification, para-athletics classification, para-cycling classification and para-swimming classification are getting close to being useful for actually understanding classification history and process. Hopefully, during the Games, people will find them useful.
While hard at work on those last night, I had one of those fun priority moments: Do I full speed ahead on the classification articles or write a Wikinews story about the Australian Paralympic team that was in my inbox? As I’m going to London to cover the Games, I took the half hour off to write the Wikinews article. Greg Smith named as Australia’s 2012 Paralympic Games flag-bearer was written mostly from a press release. As Wikinews requires you to put your own spin on a story, I did that by citing previous flag bearers. Shortly after getting it published, within about three hours of the press announcement, there was an article tweak as Tony Naar had donated three images that we could use in the article, and quite probably elsewhere on WMF related projects.
Now back to full speed ahead with classification and packing.